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June 9, 2016
EHang Inc. will begin flight testing, training and development of a passenger-carrying drone with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems and the Governor's Office of Economic...
May 19, 2016
Sikorsky and the American Helicopter Society International introduced the Sikorsky-AHS "Hover for a Day" Challenge, which calls for the competition of aviation engineers to demonstrate a game-changing level of efficiency in rotorcraft with a $50,000 prize. The challenge is to hover for 24 hr while...
May 6, 2016
The FAA aims to set up a joint team with the industry this year to track and analyze the safety of commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) and recommend measures for mitigating specific weaknesses, R&WI learned this week at the Assn. of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International annual gathering this week in New Orleans. The team would be modeled on the agency/industry Commercial Aviation Safety Team, whose...
May 4, 2016
The FAA is setting up a standing committee to advise it on how to integrate drones in civil airspace and is tapping a top Silicon Valley executive to lead it.   The drone advisory committee will gather about 30 leaders from throughout the aviation and unmanned systems industries to work with FAA officials in prioritizing policy and research integration issues that must be tackled and in building broad...
April 21, 2016
XTI Aircraft Company is soliciting $3 million in investor donations to accelerate development of its TriFan 600 VTOL aircraft. The company made headlines last August with its plans to crowdfund development of its high-speed, five-passenger, vertical-takeoff-and-landing business transport. Although it originally intended to fund a full-scale prototype, XTI said it is now...
April 18, 2016
Schiebel's Camcopter S-100 UAS has successfully performed capabilities of identifying vessels, animals and objects at sea in icy winter conditions last month at Fogo Island in Canada. The trials were...
April 5, 2016
The U.S. Helicopter Safety Team said it will focus its attention during the next four years on reducing fatal helicopter accidents within the U.S. The team is targeting a reduction to 0.61 fatal accidents per 100,000 flight hr, 20% less than the average since 2009. It will do so by analyzing...
March 18, 2016
CORRECTION: The headline for this item originally listed Steven D. Weiner as a Boeing engineer. We apologize for the error – The Editors AHS International has named the recipients for its numerous awards that recognize leaders of vertical flight who...
November 25, 2015
Small drones are not unmanned aircraft and should not be allowed to fly unrestricted in civil U.S. airspace without further testing, one aerospace and defense firm argues in a new report. The report was issued just as a U.S. Transportation Dept. task force was concluding that drones as small as 0.55 lb should be registered with the FAA, in part because of the threat that vehicles that small pose to...
November 12, 2015
Photo courtesy of XTI Aircraft XTI Aircraft is seeking U.S. approval to convert $13.8 million in “expression of interest” in its TriFan 600 business aircraft proposal into real investments. The Denver-based company launched the “crowdfunding” initiative on Aug. 25 to reach out to individual investors. To...
November 9, 2015
Bell Helicopter does not expect the commercial helicopter market to recover until early to mid-2017, according to a Reuters report from this week’s Dubai Air Show. The news service quoted Bell’s vice...
November 4, 2015
A strong U.S. dollar and British pound boosted AgustaWestland’s financial performance through nine months of this year, contributing to a 5.8% increase in revenue compared to the same period in 2014...
October 30, 2015
Scores of police aviation crewmembers will get firsthand experience with simulated flight training for light helicopters when they visit Metro Aviation next week. Metro's Helicopter Flight Training Center in Shreveport, Louisiana, will host the Airborne Law Enforcement...
October 28, 2015
A U.S. rulemaking advisory subcommittee will start work soon on options for increasing crash-resistant fuel systems use in newly built helicopters and existing ones, the FAA’s Jorge Castillo told R&WI’s Rotorcraft Certification Summit yesterday. Castillo, the FAA’s Rotorcraft Directorate manager of rotorcraft regulations and policy, was one of 16...
October 27, 2015
U.S. Transportation Department officials said that registration is a critical step in the persecution of UAS operators who violate the law. Responding to media questions during an Oct. 19 press conference, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx explained that law...
October 23, 2015
Two U.S. congressmen are calling on the FAA to act immediately on requiring all new-build helicopters to have crash-resistant fuel systems. Those systems are the focus of next week’s Rotorcraft Certification Summit opening session; NTSB Director of Aviation Safety John DeLisi will brief summit attendees on the fatal 2014 Bell Helicopter 206L1+ air ambulance crash that led to the safety...
October 23, 2015
One of the sticking points in developing a UAS registration system may be defining what constitutes a registration-worthy drone in terms of weight, configuration and capabilities, according to the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Speaking at the DOT’s Oct. 19 press conference, Government and Regulatory Affairs Representative Rich Hanson emphasized...
October 22, 2015
The FAA is seeking public input on how best to develop its planned registration system for UAS operating in the national airspace system. The agency today published a Clarification and Request for Information stating its official position that—regardless of whether UAS purposes are for public service, commercial or recreational...
October 21, 2015
The National Telecommunications and Information Admin. is holding its third of four public stakeholder meetings today to discuss best practices for integrating UAS into the U.S. National...
October 16, 2015
An aerospace manufacturing expert will take the helm of Bell Helicopter when Mitch Snyder succeeds John Garrison as president and CEO.  An 11-year veteran of Bell, Snyder is currently executive vice president of military program. Previously, he served as vice president and program director for the Bell Boeing V-22.  For much of his time at the company, Snyder has overseen a range of manufacturing...
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